Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter came to Washington to give the keynote address at the National Soda Summit on Capitol Hill. He came with a message very similar to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg: people are fat because they eat too much and drink too many sodas.
“Sugary drinks, like soda, fruit drinks and sweetened teas, are the single largest sources of sugar in the American diet,” Nutter said, according to the text of his speech. “On average, Americans drink 20 ounces of soda a day,” he said, adding that Bloomberg’s proposed ban on sugared sodas larger than 16 ounces "is worth evaluating."
Like Bloomberg, who hosts the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest, we have learned that his fellow soda foe, Nutter, doesn’t walk the walk on fighting obesity either. Because according to the national restaurant chain Shake Shack, famous for its frozen custard and burgers, he cut the ribbon to the latest store opening on Rittenhouse Square Wednesday.
I don't get shakes very often anymore, as much as I love them. But then again, I'm not trying to ban Big Gulps, either.